Review: Need Me by Tessa Bailey

I received this book for free from Edelweiss/Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Need Me by Tessa BaileyNeed Me by Tessa Bailey
Series: Broke and Beautiful #2
Published by Avon Impulse on 04/21/2015
Genres: Adult, New Adult, Romance, Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss/Publisher

When Honey Perribow traded in her cowboy boots for stilettos and left her small Kentucky town to attend Columbia University, she never expected to find a dirt-cheap apartment or two new best friends. No stranger to hard work, Honey is completely focused on her medical degree … until she sees newly minted professor Ben Dawson, and her concentration is hijacked. Honey is fascinated by her gorgeous young English professor and vows to find a crack in his tweed-wearing, glasses-clad exterior.

At an off-campus party, an accident lands Ben in a dark, locked closet with a sexy-sounding Southern belle … and their chemistry is explosive. But when he discovers that the girl in his arms is the same beautiful student he can't stop thinking about, he is stunned. Student-teacher relationships are strictly forbidden … yet no matter how hard he tries, Ben can't stay away from Honey.

And when his attempt to fight their attraction nearly ruins the best thing that ever happened to him, Ben will do anything to prove how much he needs her.

I binged on Tessa Bailey’s Broke and Beautiful series. I really loved the first book, Chase Me, and the third book, Make Me. But I was a bit nervous to read this second book, Need Me, because it involves a professor and a student, and that scenario rarely works for me. I’m sad to say that Need Me, more than anything, made me very uncomfortable.

The major issue I had with Need Me is that Honey is 19 years old, and Ben is 25, and her professor in college. Honey is 19! 19! And Ben is totally attracted to her, and I guess it’s hard to love a guy who is so attracted to a teenager. I remember how I was at 19, and I remember how I was at 25. And sure, technically Honey is an adult, but 19 is so very different from 25. Maybe I wouldn’t be so uncomfortable is she was a senior. If she were 22, or even 21, I could possibly have gotten on board with this one, but I just couldn’t here. Because it felt wrong. All I could think was that Ben had all the power, and Honey had none because she was 19 (I feel like I need to shout that out a few more times) and he was her college professor. This issue was a big one for me, and it affected my feelings for this one in a major way.

That said, there were things I really enjoyed about Need Me. I actually liked both the characters of Honey and Ben. If Honey was a tad bit older, I probably would have shipped them hard. Need Me is also a really quick read, and I truly couldn’t put the book down (of course, I was conflicted the whole time because of the age situation). The story never got slow.

Need Me left me very conflicted. The age situation along with the teacher/student scenario really prevented me from loving this one. However, I can see a lot of people enjoying this one. If you’ve enjoyed the other books in this series, I wouldn’t pass this one up. But I would definitely be prepared to be uncomfortable, too.


22 Responses to “Review: Need Me by Tessa Bailey”

  1. Renee (Lover of Romance)

    I do like a quick paced romance, I have only read one professor and student and I really liked it. But the ages were closer to each other, only a couple years apart. I also remember what I was like at 19, and I almost got married then but circumstances changes and plans changed but in the long run it was good. I wasn’t ready for that level of commitment and I am so different now. Much more mature and able to work through problems and conflict better. It takes certain kinds of people that can handle that situation at that age. I do plan on reading this, just because I already bought it and I really liked the first book. I will definitely keep in mind what you said about this one when I do pick it up.

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      It was just so difficult for me to get on board with a 19 year old and a 25 year old. It’s hard for me to love a hero that is having sex with his 19 year old student. But, that said, there were good things about this, so do read it.

  2. Nick @ Nick's Book Blog

    I struggled with this one a lot because of the age difference and the professor-student thing. I was weirded out when he was fantasizing about her in the sexy dress in the beginning especially because I’m a college student too. I don’t know, it was off for me.
    I liked the romance a lot, but only after I ignored the fact that they were student and professor.
    Great review, Quinn!

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      Yeah, I had to ignore the student/teacher part too. Which is a shame, because I think I could have actually really liked this if she were a tiny bit older.

      And I agree completely how creepy it was when he was fantasizing about Honey in the dress at the beginning. It’s hard for me to love a hero who is fantasizing about his 19 year old student.

  3. Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    I think I’d be uncomfortable with the professor / student relationship, too. I wouldn’t mind the age difference at all, but the setting is not the right one IMO. You’re right, Ben had the power, because he was going to grade her work for class, so she definitely had to walk on a tight rope.
    I think a lot of women are quite mature at 19, and so it wouldn’t have shocked me to read about a 19-year-old woman with a 25-year-old man outside of the teacher / student setting.
    I’m glad you were still able to enjoy the characters, though, Quinn 🙂

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      It was the combination of the student/teacher relationship as well as the fact that Honey was 19. It’s not that I didn’t think Honey was immature or that I don’t think 19 years can be mature. I was a very mature 19 year old. But her life experiences are so much smaller than his. And I kept thinking if I had a 19 year old daughter, I would be really worried and unhappy that she was dating a 25 year old, especially when he was her professor.

      And, quite frankly, it’s hard for me to love the hero of the novel, when he was fantasizing about his 19 year old student. That’s creepy. She was just in high school.

  4. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    While I really want to read Tessa Bailey I think I’ll give this one a miss. The professor student thing would definitely make me a bit squeamish and while the age difference isn’t that huge their level of adult-ness definitely is. It would definitely feel like they weren’t on a level playing field and which always makes me a little twitchy. Plus her name is Honey. There’s somethings I can’t get past!

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      I really liked Chase Me by Tessa Bailey. And the third book, Make Me. But this one clearly left me conflicted. And you are so right, it’s their level of adult-ness that is in play here. I kept thinking that she’s barely out of high school. And he’s already been through college and has a career now.

      And also, I just couldn’t love a hero who was fantasizing about a teenager in one of his classes. That is creepy!

  5. Jennifer @ Feminist Fairytale Reviews

    The age difference wouldn’t bother me in this book as much as the teacher/student thing. I’m not a fan of that theme either so I may skip this one.

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      It was the combination for me. And not exactly the age difference either. I mean, if Honey had been 22 and 28, it wouldn’t have bothered me as much. But she was 19! She’s still a teenager. And he’s graduated from college and has a career. I just couldn’t love Ben because he was basically fantasizing about his teenage student. It’s creepy. And wrong, IMO.

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      My age could have definitely played into my feelings as well. I’m 32. I kept thinking if I had a daughter who was 19 who was dating a guy that was 25 and was her professor at college. It would leave me so very worried. But I really loved the first and third books.

  6. Angela @ Simply Angela

    I’ve been hesitant about this one because of the student/teacher relationship. It’s only six years, but, like you said, 19 is vastly different from 25. It’s a tricky subject to navigate.

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      Six years isn’t terrible. If Honey had been 22 and Ben 28, it wouldn’t have bee so bad. But Honey was still a TEENAGER. And her 25 year old professor (who had graduated from college and had started his career) was fantasizing about her. His TEENAGE student. It was creepy.

  7. Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros

    Aw I’m sorry you had trouble with this one Quinn! I can understand where you are coming from though and why it would make you uncomfortable. I am glad to see you enjoyed the first and third books though!

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